Sound and Music

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Ableton Live

Live is one our sound engineering programs. It includes several instruments, robust MIDI support, and a variety of audio effects that you can apply with one click.

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Adobe Audition

Audition is our recommended all-purpose tool for audio editing. It has professional audio filters, advanced multi-track support, and remastering tools, all within an intuitive interface that can communicate with other Adobe programs.

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Audacity

This simple-to-use audio editor is perfect for quick-and-easy recording. It also has a limited number of audio filters, supports basic cutting/pasting, and has multi-track support.

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Finale

We use Finale primarily for notation (i.e. writing and preparing scores). The program also supports MIDI input via our in-lab MIDI keyboards and audio output via Garritan, Native Instruments, and Miroslav Philharmonik, though more advanced audio production should be done in a professional sequencer such as Logic Pro (below).

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Logic Pro X

Logic Pro is our recommended music sequencer. It supports audio and MIDI recording, sequencing, and looping. The program also has a "movie" view mode, in which you can create your audio alongside an integrated video player (ideal for film scoring).

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Max/MSP

Max is an object-oriented audio creation program, which allows you to create configurable sound "programs" rather than relying on static sound samples. You can also use Max with our in-lab MIDI keyboards, and can engineer your sound patches alongside an integrated video player.

EastWest ComposerCloud

This collection of virtual instruments has been recorded with a craftsmanship that has garnered over 100 international awards. You can use this library—featuring strings, brass, winds, and orchestral percussion—in any of our sequencers or notation programs.

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Sony Sound Forge

Sound Forge is an alternative to Adobe Audition, with just as many features. It supports audio recording and mastering, and has quick audio-repair tools.